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Butterfly Garden of Remembrance

You probably have seen the giant butterflies on the lawn at Hooper & Weaver as you zip down the freeway heading into Nevada City – but do you know why they’re there? Jack and Beth Moorhead came into The Union (he used to be the publisher here) and they gave me the whole story. The Butterfly Garden is a fundraiser for Friends of Hospice and was started in 2000. It was the brainchild of Andy Owens and Kay Baker (from Hooper & Weaver) and past presidents of the friends: Beth Moorhead, Andrea Cox and Ce Ce Fowler. The details of the construction of the butterflies and the garden design was accomplished by Gloria Amaral, Pat Casterson and Dale Peterson. Craig Reuter made and donated the three giant butterflies you see from the road. And, B&C Home Center donated many of the smaller garden stakes that will appear next Friday.

So, now that you know the history, this is how it works. There are Remembrance Cards available for $15 at Hooper & Weaver, Hospice office, B&C Home Center, Weiss Brothers nursery, the Hospice Thrift stores (Nevada City and Penn Valley) and by calling Beth at 265-9739.

You honor a departed loved one on the Remembrance Card. The Friends will then laminate it, place it on a stake, hang it with ribbons and place it (in alphabetical order) in the Garden.

The Butterfly Garden will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Memorial Day Weekend (Saturday through Monday).

Some people believe the butterfly is the soul of the departed, assuring us that all is well in the afterworld. Some cultures believe that the butterfly is a symbol of the human soul, while others believe it symbolizes rebirth and transformation. It is no coincidence that Hospice of the Foothills chose the butterfly as its symbol.

More than 550 butterflies were displayed last year, and the event made $11,690.

This year marks the 6th annual Butterfly Garden of Remembrance. Honoring a loved one (or a few) while contributing to our local Friends of Hospice is a great way to make Memorial Day Weekend special.

And a very special thanks to Jack and Beth, who have devoted so much time to this important cause.


Dixie Redfearn can be reached at 477-4238 or by e-mail at dixier@the, or by fax at 477-4292.

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